Teaching more than ABCs at ABC360

In my previous post, I have shared information about the application process in three different online English schools.  I’ve also mentioned that I opted to work for ABC360 because they offered me the highest hourly rate.  I have been working for them on a part-time basis for five months now and am quite satisfied with it.

ABC360 ad

Flexible and Convenient Work Hours

My usual working hours are from 8:00 to 12:00 in the evening.  My kids sleep at around 7 pm so this gives me ample time to review the materials and prepare my work area.  Sometimes, I would also open classes from 12:00nn to 2:00pm when the kids are in school.  The flexible working hours make it very convenient for a mom like me whose schedule revolves around the kids’ schedules.

In ABC360, we plot our own schedules a week in advance so I can opt to just open a couple of hours a day when I expect a busy week. I can also opt not to open classes on certain days such as birthdays, holidays and school breaks.

Stress-Free Work

Preparing for my classes is stress-free as I only need to turn on my computer, log-in to my accounts, set my webcam, and make myself presentable.  Sometimes, I would put on a little makeup but most of the time I just put on a bit of powder and a dab of tinted lip balm.

During my first month, I would prepare my own guide so I could properly conduct classes without missing any of the slides or going beyond the set duration.  But once I got the hang of it, I would just go over the teacher’s copy of the materials before I start my shift. The teacher’s copy has a script you could follow so there really shouldn’t be any problem conducting classes.

A class lasts 17 minutes but most students book two consecutive classes for a total of 34 minutes.  At first, it was a challenge to budget the given time but as I got more familiar with the lessons and the students, it became easier to adjust the pace according to their levels.

After each class, we are required to make a memo for each class.  We are to provide words and phrases that the students need to review after class and some feedback if there are any.  Accomplishing the memo should take only about 3 minutes for one class.  However, I usually take much longer than that.  Sometimes, I provide additional exercises for the students.  So, I finish all my memos at the end of my shift or the following morning.

Making Friends

In the five months that I have worked for ABC360, some of my students have become more like friends.  Most of my students now have been with me since I started and I talk to them on a daily basis. We have gotten to know each other more.  Our lessons are often interspersed with news about their work, their children, or their family.  They share stories about their vacations and accomplishments in school or at work.  One student even asks me for advice about her love life and her lack of fulfillment at work.

These conversations are definitely what I look forward to the most. Aside from helping them be more proficient in English, I also get to be a dear friend to them.

ABC360 with headset

So, What’s the Pay?

I know you’re all itching to know how much the pay is!  As I mentioned in my previous post, it really doesn’t pay much but it is enough to cover basic living expenses. Besides, work is stress-free that it doesn’t seem like work at all.  For me, at least, it’s like having a hobby that earns you income.  Those who can work 4hrs/day, 5 days/week, can earn around 10K.

Online teaching has become my respite from my daily routine at home.  Before becoming an ABC360 teacher, my evenings were just usually spent watching teleseryes or writing blog posts.  Now, I get to do something more fulfilling and earn money at the same time.

ABC360 has made it possible for a simple housewife like me to have a fulfilling career as a teacher while taking care of my two kids at home.  Did I mention that we don’t have any house help and are homeschooling this school year?  Yes, that’s true! And yes, it is possible to earn your own income even if you are just a stay-at-home mom.

ABC360 with kids

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Earn from Home: Teaching English Online

I’ve been seeing a lot of ads online offering various opportunities to earn from home but have never attempted to check any of them out because I’m quite wary of internet scams. However, last October, I found out that Mommy Mitch of When Silence Speaks started working as an online English teacher at ABC360.  After chatting with her, I was keen on giving it a try.  And since I’ve already updated my resume, I decided to apply to two other companies as well – 51Talk and RareJob.  The application process and job requirements of all three companies were basically the same.  For those who are considering teaching English online, here’s a rundown of their requirements and salary range.

What does an online teacher do?

Teach, of course. 🙂  As an online English teacher, you will conduct one-on-one lessons thru Skype, QQ, or other similar platforms.  All three companies provide all the lesson materials that will be used in each class.  You just need to download and review the materials before conducting the class.  During class, you go through the materials and ensure that the student understands the lesson. Class duration varies in each company.

TE duration

What are the requirements for teaching English online?

For all three companies, a good command of English is imperative.  You must be able to work with minimal supervision and be able to manage your working schedule.  They do not usually require any previous experience teaching online but having online teaching and BPO experience gives you an edge.  You also do not need to have a degree in college.  Those who are working their way through college may find this a good opportunity to earn while studying.

Aside from being proficient in English, you must also have a decent and reliable home office.  This doesn’t have to be really fancy.  Mine is just a desk tucked in the corner of our bedroom.  You do need to have the following though:

  • a wired connection (at least 1mbps for some companies but ideally 3mbps or higher)
  • a dual core processor or above
  • Windows 7 or above
  • at least 2GB of RAM
  • a headset with noise cancelling feature
  • an HD webcam

TE requirements

How much do I earn?

Personally, I don’t earn that much because I only work around 2 to 4 hours per day.  But if you will work for 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, you can earn around 20– 25 thousand pesos a month.   I’ve seen advertisements that claim 70-80K a month but I hardly think that is possible unless you’re working 24/7 or have been working for them for several years.  Still, the much more reasonable range of 20-25K a month is already decent enough to cover basic living expenses.  Consider also that you save on transportation, food, and clothing expenses when you work from home.

Your salary will also depend on your booked classes.  When you start, you may not have as many bookings yet. If you have exceptional teaching skills, you’ll soon have students regularly booking your classes.  Peak hours are during the afternoon and evening, so if you want to have more classes booked, open slots from 5pm – 12mn.

TW salary range

The Salary Range above is the starting salary for new teachers and does not include incentives.  On an average, incentives amount to 1K – 5K/month depending on your performance.  Again, your salary will depend on the number of classes booked.

What is the application process?

Generally, there will be an online English proficiency test that you will have to pass. After passing this test, you will be scheduled for an interview both through phone and Skype.  After passing the interview and the technical requirements, you will then have to conduct a demo lesson.

TE application

For more information about the requirements and application process, you may check their websites:

 

Which one did I choose?

Among those three companies, I opted to work for ABC360 which is where Mommy Mitch works and which also offered me the highest basic hourly rate.  I’ve been working for them since October and have been having a great time.  As I mentioned though, I don’t earn much because I only work a few hours each day but I greatly enjoy my time talking with my students.  Teaching English online has become my way of de-stressing after running the household all day. 🙂 If you also intend to apply at ABC360, kindly put 5407 in the referral tab. I’d get a referral bonus if you do and would be grateful for that! 🙂

You can read more about my experience at ABC360 in my next post. 🙂

ABC360 with kids

 

Business Strategies For Busy Moms

These days, many mothers have decided to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams so they can attain economic security, personal fulfillment, and/or professional progress. Irrespective of your motive for developing your own business, you will likely have to divide time between building your company and caring for your children. However, there are several fairly simple business strategies you can implement to optimize your company’s efficacy in a manner that will still leave plenty of time for you to be with your kids. Here are three such strategies you should try:

1. Invest In Professional Powerpoint Services.

There are a lot of things you can do to build your company, but giving absolutely incredible presentations is one of the best ways to make it happen. When you put together information-packed, highly engaging sales presentations, you’re much more likely to build your client base and optimize conversion. Moreover, getting professional custom Powerpoint presentations services helps your company develop a competitive edge that can enable you to emerge as the industry leader. Companies like eSlide are pleased to devise high quality presentations that help you show off your business’s products and services in a savvy, sophisticated way.

2. Invest In Growth Hacking Strategies.

Growth hacking strategies are perfect for small business owners because they are cost-effective yet can help you build your customer base with relative speed. Growth hacking is all about using various digital marketing strategies to appeal to your target audience, extend your sphere of influence, and develop a positive presence online. There are multiple strategies available to you, including content marketing, social media optimization, and online reputation management.

3. Network, Network, Network.

Networking is one of the most valuable business strategies available, especially if you’ve just started your company. To really build your brand’s reputation and develop steady clients, you have to “get out there” and inform others about your products and services in an engaging manner. Luckily, moms can use events like their kid’s soccer game or a baby shower for networking purposes. Just make sure you bring your business card!

Conclusion

If you’re a busy mom who has recently begun a business, you probably want your company to excel while still finding time to spend with your children. To accomplish these important objectives, start implementing the business tips outlined above. In so doing, you’ll likely attain the professional success you want while simultaneously remaining an excellent parent!

Owning Your Own Kid-Oriented Business

When you have a passion for fostering learning in children, you may look beyond teaching and instead consider what kind of business you can run that will cater to kids. If you want to buy into a well-established enterprise like kids franchises and other children-centered ventures, you may choose one that allows kids to come into the business and learn through playing. Discovery centers throughout the country perform well because, despite all of the available technology, children still want to encounter learning through a literal hands-on approach. You can tune into this proclivity for learning through playing by opening your own location that offers kids a chance to discover at their own pace.

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Buying into a franchise, however, takes a certain number of requirements. You can find out what the financial and credit requirements are online. You can also find out what kind of educational and professional background you need to be considered as a valid franchisee. Along with checking out the franchise possibilities, you can likewise check out what kinds of services are available to children and their parents through this corporation. When you find out what kinds of services you will be offering at your location, you can get excited about the idea of helping kids grow and learn.

As you may read online, these locations can be ideal for hosting children’s birthday parties. Many kids grow tired of going to the zoo or the skating rink for their birthdays. They would rather host their friends at a place that is fun and gives them the chance to play at their leisure. When you open one of these locations, your business could become the most popular place in town for parties and gatherings.

Likewise, schools today tend to favor places for field trips that foster learning rather than just providing an amusement opportunity. Teachers want to connect the classroom learning with the community and world in which the kids live. Your business could become a popular field trip location because it allows kids to learn and apply their science and math lessons to the building blocks found at the facility. Teachers will take satisfaction in seeing their students use the lessons they learned in school. You, in turn, will make money and become a financially successful franchisee. To get started, however, you should go online and check out the company’s website and information.

The Heart of 51Talk

We Filipinos have always been regarded as the best English speakers in Asia.  We are also naturally pleasant, friendly, and patient.  Thus, it is not surprising to find that many online English teaching sites have Filipinos in their roster of teachers.  This is also why several such sites have already set base here in the Philippines.

Among those is 51Talk.  Pronounced as FIVE-ONE-TALK, 51Talk may be read as “I want TALK” in Mandarin. Since it was established in China in 2011, 51Talk is not the number 1 online English platform in China.  It also continues to be the fastest growing online English Language Teaching (ELT) platform n the Philippines since it began operations here in 2012.

At the heart of 51talk are the e-Educators and all the people who strive to make 51talk the premier online ELT platform in the country.  Knowing the importance of their teachers, 51Talk paid tribute to them during the National Teachers’ Month the #51TalkTeacherStory contest.

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